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It’s not OK to be treated unfairly

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Posted: 8th Nov 2016  |  Share this Article:

It is not ok to be treated unfairly. Take positive action and learn about your rights.

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“Discrimination means treating you unfairly because of who you are. The UK Equality Act 2010 protects you from discrimination by: employers, businesses and organisations which provide goods and services like banks, shops and utility companies”

Many people have been affected by discrimination directly or indirectly. You may think it won’t happen to you but think again it can happen to anyone.

We need to work towards a fairer and equal society. One of the ways we can contribute to a better society is by educating ourselves about the law.

Knowledge is power. 

Discrimination is illegal.

We have a moral responsibility to help and support the individual/s being discriminated against. Find your voice, speak up and report the situation. The impact and stress that is caused to the individual affected can be devastating. The Equality Act 2010 (UK) brings together 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single act which provides the legal framework to protect the rights of individuals.

Did you know it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of the following:

  • age
  • being or becoming a transsexual person
  • being married or in civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion, belief or lack of religion
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Did you know you are protected from discrimination

  • at work
  • in education
  • as a consumer
  • when using public services
  • when buying or renting a property
  • as a member or guest of a private club or association

Did you know you are also protected from discrimination if:

  • you’re associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, e.g. a family member or friend
  • you have complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim

The law of the land is there to protect you, know your rights and protect yourself.

If you are affected by any of the above whilst at work however difficult please speak up. Talk to someone you trust, non work related if possible first. Work out your plan of action then be prepared to talk to either the individual directly, your line manager/HR department.  Another option is to use mediation to resolve the issue for you. Both HR and the role of the mediator is to be impartial and deal only with the facts to make a decision. The last resort is taking the individual/organisation to a tribunal.

Regardless of the environment the discrimination has taken places, e.g. work, public services, education or trying to rent a property; make sure you document and date all conversations, incidences and emails plus document who was present at the time.

In the UK we have agencies that can provide guidance and support. If you feel unable to talk to anyone, please contact one of the following agencies in the first instance.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

www.acas.org.uk

www.gov.uk/equality-advisory-support-service

It is not ok to be treated unfairly or differently. Take back control with action.

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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